BPP 144: Jeff Brown - Running 5 Photography Businesses

Jeff Brown was a photographer in the Royal Navy for 10 years before setting out on his own to start 5 successful photography business. Today Im excited to talk about some of the challenges he faced as a photographer in the service and how it prepared him in becoming a professional photographer. Jeff is the author of the book The Photographers Missing Link-ed In helping photographers make connections and book gigs through linked in.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Jeff got his start in photography

  • The rigorous process to become a Royal Navy Photographer

  • What the day of a Royal Navy Photographer looks like

  • How Jeff ensures he can capture beautiful portraits of heads of state quickly

  • How to know if your work is good enough to start charging

  • A difficult situation Jeff had to go through in his photography business

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  • How Jeff went on to start 5 successful photography business

  • The most challenging aspect of running multiple brands

  • What makes Linked in a great place for photographers

  • What to do after you set up a linked in page

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BPP 143: Roie Galitz - Nature and Conservation Photography

Roie Galitz is an award winning wildlife and conservation photographer who's life mission is to shoot photos that speak for those who can not speak for themselves. Having shot endangered animals on all 7 continents, Im so excited to talk about how we can make a difference in the world with our cameras.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • What is the job description of a Wildlife and Conservation Photographer

  • How Roie love of photography lead him to nature

  • Why Roie says learning the technical side of photography is the easiest part to learn

  • Why you don’t need to be “creative” to be a successful photographer

  • How to prepare for the unpredictable nature or wildlife

  • How are Roie makes bookings

  • How Roie has seen his photography impact the world

  • Recommendations for new photographers getting into wildlife and conservation photography

  • What kind of gear you need to get started with wildlife photography

  • What you need to know before you go out and photograph wild animals

  • The importance of having goals


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BPP 141: Mark Hemmings - Take Great Vacation Photos

Todays guest is Mark Hemmings. A professional travel photographer and educator who in the next 12 months is scheduled to visit 5 different continents. Today I’m excited to chat and find out how we can take better photos of our own travels!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Mark got his unconventional start in photography

  • When Marks love of photography and travel merged

  • How to best prepare your camera gear for a trip you are excited for

  • How to avoid taking boring travel photos

  • How much gear you should bring with you on a trip

  • Tips to add more mood, feeling, and culture to your travel photography

  • Marks mobile editing workflow and how he travels and edits photos without a computer

  • Ways to best share your photos after editing them

  • Marks favorite location in the world to travel for photography

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BPP 140: Co Hodges - Building a highly engaged photography community in 2019

Co Hodges is the founder and one of the lead educators at unraveled academy. A photography school and community that nurtures you as an artist. Today we are talking about building an engaged instagram following!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Co got into photography

  • Why Co started using Instagram late

  • What made Co fall in love with instagram

  • What Co attributes her success on instagram to, and how you can too

  • What kind of photos we should be uploading

  • Why instagram captions dont have to be scary

  • The best way to grow your instagram from scratch

  • What is instagram engagement and how to use it

  • The biggest mistake Co sees beginners making on instagram

  • Why you dont need a portfolio of images to post before starting an instagram

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  • Why instagram is a great place to reach potential customers

  • What kind of instagram ad you should be running

  • The best tip to maximizing your marketing dollar

  • When to run instagram ads

  • What instagram analytics we should be paying attention to and how to use them

  • What tools are availible to help make our lives easier while growing an audience

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BPP 139: Ashley Marston - The Power of Personal

Ashley Marston is a birth and family photographer from British Columbia Canada. Professionally her work has received notable awards from the international association of professional birth photographers and personally her work has been recognized by national geographic. In this interview we talk about shooting professionally and personally.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • What drew Ashley into photography

  • The difficulties she faced when learning to use a camera

  • How she got 2 of her photos chosen by national geographic as photos of the year

  • The power of doing a 365 project

  • How Ashley makes time for a project 365

  • The difference between a lifestyle photographer and documentary photographer

  • When each would be appropriate

  • What excited Ashley about birth photography

  • What is a day in the life family session and whats the goa

  • Ashleys thought on the creative process

  • How Ashley puts herself in a creative mindset

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  • How Ashley booked her first birth client

  • The best way to attract clients interested in birth photography

  • The biggest objections she faces and how to overcome them

  • What Ashley suggestions new photographers do to break into birth, with no experience

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BPP 138: The Myth of the Perfect Camera

What if I told you, your camera is a waste of money, and spending more money on a better camera will never make you a better photographer?

Well it is all true and today I’m going to prove it to you.

Let’s talk about your camera, your baby. The thing that will unlock doors for you. Lets you explore your creativity, bring smiles to the faces of so many. The thing you treat like a baby. So precious you must protect it.

Yet at the same time... you want to get rid of it. You would throw your camera away in a HEARTBEAT if it meant you could upgrade to a flagship professional grade camera body.

Why you ask?

Oh man, where to start, Its full frame, it can shoot 15fps, max shutter speed of 1/8000th (think of all the humming bird shots you could take!) its weather proof, can survive a bomb explosion, and will SURELY elevate you as a better photographer!

That sounds incredible.

However it is completely false.

A new fancy camera will not improve your photos. It will not win you any awards. No one will come throwing money at you because of the camera you own. Why? No one cares but you. Why? Because the camera does not influence a photo as much as the person holding the camera does.

Plain and simple.

A professional camera does have its advantages sure. The rugged body, faster autofocus, and larger sensor. But which of those will make your photo stand out? None.

Every camera ever has used just 3 settings to expose an image.

Aperture, which is in the lens and not the camera.

ISO which is the cameras sensitivity to light

And Shutter speed.

The cameras sensitivity to light or ISO is determined by the cameras sensor. With the speed at which technology advances, $500 entry level cameras have the same ISO performance as $5000 flagship cameras did just a few short years ago. Where we are at right now, flagship cameras can pretty much shoot in the dark, which is awesome... but its not that practical. You would never really want to use a photo that you shot in the dark.

I still get the allure. When I was shooting with a 8mp canon XT I lusted after the 5dmk2. Now I would rather have a new entry level camera rather than a 5dmk2. And you know what, an entry level camera today STILL cost less than a used 5dmk2.

So what does that mean? It means you are lucky. You are fortunate to live in a time where it is cheaper and easier than ever to take amazing photographs.

Now I know what you’re saying. If its easier than ever to take amazing photographs, how come my camera does not take amazing photographs?

Its because YOU dont take amazing photographs.

Now that was not a personal attack and I’m sure it was an incredibly hard pill to swallow.

What I mean by that is simply that while the camera has some effect on the final image it is YOU who tells the camera how to take a photo. And if you dont know how a camera sees light, and you don’t which setting to change to get the photo you want, and you look at the photos you have taken on the computer wonder why they dont look like the photos you see online or in magazines, then the problem is you and not the camera.

If you don’t believe me, rent your dream camera body. I rent all of my gear from CameraLensRentals.com and you can even get 20% off your order by using the promo code “BeginnerPhotography

What you will find after spending a few days with your dream camera is that you photos don’t look all that different from the photos you took with your entry level camera. They might even look the same.

But guess what? That is great news. It’s great news because you are in control of what you know about photography and light. Imagine how terrible it would be if the best photographers in the world were just the ones with cameras that did all the work. The best photographers would be the ones with the most money, not skill or talent.

Your camera, your hand be down walmart special, is so much more powerful than you think it is. You just need to learn how to unlock its potential.

So HOW do you unlock your cameras potential? By learning how your cameras settings affect the final image. Then practicing what you learned. Then learn some more. Then practice some more.

If you are interested in unlocking the potential of your camera, I want to invite you to sign up for our free 2 day photography bootcamp video course which you can sign up for at the bottom of the page.

I cover everything I have talked about here today and so much more, like lighting and composition.

Again the course is absolutely free and at your own pace. So sign up!

Learning photography is why you are here right? You want to take better photos of your children, you want to learn how to shoot portraits or weddings. All of that starts with the basics. You wouldn’t expect that just because you have a car means that you are a race car driver. There is more to it than that.

You have to know the basics to be able to grow. Your camera is great, I promise you. I would say if you have been shooting less than 2 years, your entry level camera is just right for you and there is no need to upgrade to a new camera body.

Upgrading to a new lens will do soooooo much more for the quality of your photos than any new camera would. I promise.

So lets do a quick exercise. Pick up your camera for a moment. Look at it, appreciate it. Say “You are enough, camera. I may have been frustrated by you in the past but I now know you were just doing what I told you to and I cant be mad at you for that. Today is a new day and we are going to become tighter than bark on a tree after going through the 2 day photography bootcamp. I’m excited to see what we produce together”

You don’t have to give it a kiss or anything but I’m sure it wouldn’t mind a hug.

If you gave your camera a hug you are awesome.

That’s it for this week. I hope you have a new found respect for your camera. A renewed lust for your camera and will take learning photography seriously.

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BPP 137: Andy Mumford - Landscape Photography for Beginners

Andy Mumford is a landscape photographer based in Lisbon Portugal. He is also an author, and posts his adventures on his youtube channel where he shares extremely helpful tips to becoming a better landscape photographer. He is also the latest in an ever growing list of Fuji Ambassadors to join the podcast.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Andy got started in photography

  • The most difficult element of photography for Andy to learn

  • What Andy looks for technically in a great landscape photo

  • How Andy learned landscape photography

  • Why Landscape photography is important

  • How to get started in landscape photography

  • A personal story of the importance of failure


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  • The Importance of having an instagram following

  • How Andy grew his instagram following organically

  • If knowing an image will be sold does it affect how it is shot

  • Working and selling photos through stock sites

  • How to get started selling prints and what to charge

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BPP 136: Nick Church - Beginner to Pro in 24 Months

Todays guest is Nick Church. A UK based Bristol wedding photographer who until 2014 had never picked up a camera. 24 months later he had left his full time job as photography had replaced his income. Today Im excited to talk about how Nick did it so quick!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • When was the first time Nick picked up a camera

  • How Nick booked his wedding

  • How Nick handled shooting 40 weddings a year with his full time job

  • The hardest part of photography for Nick to learn

  • A common misconception people think about going full time

  • What Nick would do differently if he had to do it all over again

  • Bad info Nick hears being taught to new photographers

  • An embarrassing moment Nick had at a wedding

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  • How to know when do go full time

  • Why most photographers struggle to get bookings

  • Nick’s Facebook ad strategy that you can implement right away

  • Some tools Nick uses in his photography business to keep him organized

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BPP 133: Valerie Jardin - Street Photography 101

Todays guest is Valerie Jardin. World Renowned Street photographer with more than 20 years of experience. A born artist, her bio says "while other kids had posters of rockstars on their walls, I had framed photos from my favorite photographers" She is also the host of the popular "Hit The Streets" Podcast, Today Im excited to find out what those 20 years have taught her about shooting the streets.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Valerie got her start in Street photography

  • Why Street photography is Black and White

  • The hardest aspect of street photography to learn

  • What the job of a street photographer is

  • Why shoot street photography

  • How to study and learn street photography

  • the must have gear for street photographers

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  • Is Street photography legal

  • The most important piece of gear a street photographer can have

  • What lens for street photography

  • When to call it quits at a location

  • How to build photographic intent

  • How to market street photography

  • How to sell street photography

  • How to make money with street photography

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BPP 132: Corey Potter - Common Blogging Mistakes for Photographers

Todays return guest is Corey Potter. The Best SEO Specialist for Photographers. Focusing on helping photographers understand search engine optimization and proving an incredible amount of help Corey is here to day to talk about mistakes photographer make when blogging and expert SEO tips for your photography website.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • Which photography website builder to use and why

  • Why have a photography website

  • Why blogging is so important

  • What to blog if you don’t have any recent shoots

  • What is cornerstone content and why it is critical to google

  • What google wants to see from a photography website

  • What to put on a photography website

  • The hardest thing for beginners to understand about SEO

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  • How to SEO Photography Website

  • How to promote your photography website

  • How often to blog

  • Why blogging frequently could be bad for your google ranking

  • What to do with your content after you hit publish

  • How to use Keyword Research to discover what topics to talk about

  • The one blog every photographer needs to have on their website

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BPP 131: Alison Winterroth - The Importance of Newborn Photography

Todays Guest is Alison Winterroth. A Tampa Florida newborn, maternity, and family photographer. She’s a self proclaimed Baby Whisperer who loves to photograph the newest and tiniest human to help preserve the hectic time of life having a child is. Today Im excited to talk to her about getting started working with newborns!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • The hardest aspect of photography for Alison to learn

  • What the job description of a newborn photographer is

  • Why Newborn photography is important

  • How to convey the power of newborn photography to potential clients

  • How Alison got her first clients and how it went

  • How to practice newborn Photography

  • Signs of an amateur newborn photographer

  • What gear you need for newborn photography

  • What lens to use for newborn photography

  • The importance of knowing how to light

  • Bad info thats commonly taught to new photographers

  • What Alison would do differently if she had to start all over again

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  • How to attract new newborn clients when the opportunity to photograph them is so short

  • When to take newborn photography

  • How to start a newborn photography business

  • How to know when is the right time to open a studio

  • How to keep business coming after you have opened a studio

  • Alisons best tips for editing newborn skin in photos

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BPP 130: Chris Marquardt - The Future of Photography

Todays guest is Chris Mar-quart. A photographer, author, and host of the Future of photography podcast. What better time to talk about the future of photography than the start of a new year?

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • A brief history of photography

  • Why we humans cant be happy with the camera technology we have today

  • What misconceptions people think about the future of photography

  • What specifications would be in the perfect camera for Chris Marquardt

  • The worst thing Chris hears being taught to new photographers

  • The best investment Chris has made in his photography

  • What advice Chris would give to himself if he was just starting out

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  • Is post production a thing of the past

  • What is the allure of photography and how technology pushes it

  • What current technology will explode in popularity in the coming years

  • Why we will still need competent photographers in the future

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